My wife and I have always been big movie fans. Before we were married we went to the movies almost every weekend. But now that we have a mortgage and 3 kids to feed, our movie-going ways have been cut back significantly.
But we still need to get our movie fix somehow, so we came up with some ideas for saving money on movies.
Going to the Movies
As parents of little kids, matinees are perfect for us. We can enjoy a late afternoon movie and still be home before the kids have to go to bed. And of course they’re less expensive than later show times.
There are lots of ways you can get cheap movie tickets. Some theaters offer discounts for children, senior citizens, or AAA members. The Entertainment Book includes coupons for many popular movie theaters. Your employer might even offer discounted movie tickets to employees. Try asking someone in your HR department.
Of course ticket prices are just part of the problem. Popcorn, snacks, and drinks will cost you an arm and a leg too. Unless you can find a way to sneak your own snacks into the theater. When I was a kid my mom used to bring an extra large purse full of Twizzlers candy. Just be careful not to get caught!
Movies at Home
You can save even more money by skipping the movie theater altogether and watching movies at home instead. Personally, I hate watching movies that have been edited and contain commercials…but they are free. Even better is my cable provider’s movie package which gives me dozens of premium movie channels and OnDemand channels. I can enjoy dozens of movies at home each month for less than the price of a single trip to the movie theater.
We’ve saved a small fortune on rental fees since we started renting movies from the library. Our local library has a huge collection of movies and tv shows and they’re all completely free to borrow for up to 2 weeks at a time.
Sign up with Netflix and you can rent an unlimited number of movies for one low price. The more movies you watch the more money you’ll save!
Visit your local Redbox machine and rent a movie for just $1 a night. Just make sure you bring it back the next day to avoid being charged again.